We are a male couple that lives on a ranch with our dog. The ranch is on the high prairie in the middle of the Clayton-Raton Volcanic Field. This is a dormant area. The volcanoes are numerous and beautiful. It is 25 miles from Raton, New Mexico. We are far away from noise and light pollution, in a very peaceful setting. Although it is remote we do have excellent internet. It is a 640 acre ranch and we lease the pastures for cattle grazing. We have free-range chickens. Being a working ranch there are always projects and maintenance.
We previously lived in a university town and rented rooms to international students. We enjoy learning about other cultures and sharing our own. I am from a Hungarian family that moved to the US after WWII and my husband's family homestead this ranch over 100 years ago.
It is like living in a park and we love to share the experience with others. It is a safe place to center, contemplate and create art.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Guests from big cities are shocked by the big sky and open spaces and absence of traffic. Going to town is inconvenient, so we make do with what we have. We love to learn about others and their cultures while we sit and watch the mountains, distant storms, sunrises/sunsets, or stary skies. This is a unique way of life in quiet rural setting and I am happy to share some of my Hungarian cooking too.
We have many projects. We want to talk with you to see which fits your interest and ability we do have some priority projects that we would like your help with. Also have some funds for projects that require special skills. We think there is something for any level of skill and will work with you to match interests and experience. We also like to work with you on the schedule. We can discuss if you have a preference for a few hours a day or working full days and having more free time. We do like to structure the hours to work for all of us.
Stairs for out building
Pellet Stove installation
Painting and staining
Cutting and splitting wood for wood stove
Mulching smaller branches-chipper shredder
Weeding flower beds, Water Garden, Back garden
Our expectation is respect and communication for all of us. While we need to get these projects done, we also look forward to meeting and getting to know you and make this a positive exchange of cultures, experiences and ideas.
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There is a main house with extra upstairs bedrooms and we have a large room with a futon there is space for your privacy. The house is an old ranch house which we have been fixing up so that it remains quaint but comfortable. The unpredictable weather and wildlife can be viewed from a modern patio type addition with 17 windows.
We are fully vaccinated and encourage you to be.
We can provide transportation to and from the train and bus station in Raton, NM. We are happy to take you to town when we go. If you have your own transportation there are several state parks nearby and Capulin Mountain National Monument.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have outstanding internet, despite being in a rural area. It is fiber optic cable. We have a booster for the second building.
Lots of room to park most any kind of vehicle. Vanlifers welcome.
15 to 25 hours per week
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